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Brief technical overviews of engineering and design rules, technologies, and more. Written by the igus® product and industry experts.

  • Designing a True Maintenance-Free Pivot

    Designing a True Maintenance-Free Pivot

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings

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  • Unsupported vs Gliding Cable Carrier Applications

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  • Guide to Ball Bearing Materials

    Guide to Ball Bearing Materials

    Since ball bearing components are available in different types of materials, weighing the pros and cons of a specific kind is an important part of the design process.

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  • Complying With The Food Safety Modernization Act

    Complying With The Food Safety Modernization Act

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  • Energy Supply for Collaborative Robots

    Energy Supply for Collaborative Robots

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  • Designing gliding cable carrier systems for large machinery

    Designing gliding cable carrier systems for large machinery

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  • Lower Drive Force and Friction with Hybrid Linear Bearings

    Lower Drive Force and Friction with Hybrid Linear Bearings

    Learn how hybrid linear bearings can reduce bearing friction, reduce required drive force, and allow system functionality without conforming to the 2:1 rule.

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  • 5 Reasons to replace PTFE bearings

    5 Reasons to replace PTFE bearings

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings

    Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings

    Learn how making the switch from metal to composite plastic bearings can eliminate bearing maintenance, increase service life, reduce corrosion and wear, and more.

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  • 7 Cable Management Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

    7 Cable Management Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

    Advances in automation technology mean that certain cable management rules have become outdated. In this tech talk, uncover seven common cable management mistakes as well as how to avoid them.

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  • Unsupported vs Gliding Cable Carrier Applications

    Unsupported vs Gliding Cable Carrier Applications

    Learn differences between unsupported and gliding cable carrier applications, how to implement them into your application, and critical rules to follow during design and installation.

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  • Caring for Cables

    Caring for Cables

    This tech talk goes over the basics of caring for cables, along with giving a few advanced tips that even the most experienced engineer could learn from.

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  • Convert Rotary to Linear Motion

    Convert Rotary to Linear Motion

    Discover differences between common types of lead screw technology, such as wear rate, explore a range of lead screw nut options, and more.

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  • Cable Distribution Rules You Need to Obey

    Cable Distribution Rules You Need to Obey

    Uncover the main rules of cable management to ensure your cables have a long life.

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  • 7 Guidelines for Continuous Flex Cables

    7 Guidelines for Continuous Flex Cables

    Learn the key design features that can ensure a continuous-flex cable will last for millions of cycles in your applications.

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  • 3 Methods for Installing a Cable Carrier Vertically

    3 Methods for Installing a Cable Carrier Vertically

    Learn important factors to consider when installing vertical cable carrier configurations, including standing, hanging, and zig-zag designs.

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  • 7 Guidelines for Cable Installation

    7 Guidelines for Cable Installation

    Review 7 rules to maximize service life and performance of cables in your next application.

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  • The 2:1 Rule and Defining Fixed/Floating Bearings

    The 2:1 Rule and Defining Fixed/Floating Bearings

    Get an expert advice on how to implement the 2:1 rule into your linear designs.

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  • 3 Tips for Selecting a Linear Slide Table

    3 Tips for Selecting a Linear Slide Table

    Review 3 quick tips to help make your linear slide table selection process easier.

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  • 6 Reasons for Plastic Spherical Bearings

    6 Reasons for Plastic Spherical Bearings

    In most applications, plastic spherical bearings deliver a better performance than metal. Lean 6 reasons why engineers should consider using plastic spherical bearings.

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